As I was sharing with you in my last post, I have admired Jean Wells Keenan's work for years. Finally, an opportunity to take a class without my having to drive that long distance from northwest Washington to Sisters, Oregon. Our small island quilt shop brought her to Lopez!
This is Part II about the class that just took place here in Lopez island June 2nd and 3rd. I'll post names of the participants under the corresponding photo once I get my hands on a class list.
They are all about us. Not only does Jean tear pages and images from magazines, she takes a lot of her own photos and zeroes in on potential design images found within.
Jean encouraged us to keep a file folder of inspirational photos and to then sketch certain elements that intrigued us into our own sketch books.
|above - selection from Jean's inspiration file|
Another limitation we had with the fabric Jean gave us in class: we were supposed to try to get nine blocks out of those six 5"x44" strips. This meant you had to think ahead and plan a little. An interesting challenge....don't know if I am going to make it. This is all I have left and I've made only FIVE blocks so far!!
Maybe I made by first four blocks too big? Well, nothing wrong with really small blocks! It will just make the final layout more challengeing, right?
|We love to tease heather about her love of purple!|
Anne Dawson (below), our co-organizer and host for the weekend workshop, explains her color choices and responses to the challenges of the study blocks.
Edi Blomberg (below) discusses why she feels black will work better than a dark navy as her background piece.
|Mary takes a good look at the possibility of adding black.|
|Pat, my table-mate. I showed you some close-ups of her blocks in my first post.|
|(above) Jean asks Karen Alexander a question about her process.|
I rather feel like I am learning to sew all over again. It has been so long since I used my machine. Can't quite get those seams to press flat yet!
We are so fortunate to have the use of the restored one room school house at Port Stanley on Lopez.
The first overlay.
The 3rd overlay.
Someone saw me struggling to photograph this one and offered to hold it up. I think it is Nancy Caleshu.
The public began to show up about 2 pm to see our work in progress. Barbara Gonce (above) chats with Jean Wells.
|I think this is my favorite block of those I have made so far.|